Our Story

McEntee’s Fine Teas is a family business run by married couple, Donal and Helen McEntee in Co. Louth, Ireland.

Donal and Helen, both passionate tea drinkers, brought together the idea of McEntee’s Tea from their office on the family farm in Co. Louth, after Donal decided a number of years ago to follow his passion in “tea”, or more specifically “Irish Blends of loose leaf tea”.

Helen comes from the Isle of Man and has lived in Drogheda for nearly 20 years. Her background in Food & Food Marketing in the Isle of Man, the UK and latterly in E-Business in Drogheda, has given her extensive experience in the food product development sector.

This passion for loose tea that has driven both Donal and Helen’s desire to develop McEntee’s Fine Teas dates back to their childhoods where tea was central to traditional family life.

For Donal, memories of a rural family shop, selling loose tea, remains a vivid reminder of simpler times where he discovered the importance and constancy of tea in everyday life in Ireland during the previous century.

These memories left a lasting impression on Donal who always carried the dream that someday he would be able to re-kindle the tradition of supplying quality tea to modern Ireland and its diaspora.

Part of our Tradition

For Helen, growing up on the Isle of Man, childhood memories of cases of loose tea arriving to her Grandparent’s hotel, the aroma and sweet malty flavour of quality tea with family and friends at the old hotel still remains imbedded in her memories. Quality tea was a central part of the hotel’s hospitality and Afternoon Tea remained an important tradition right up to the 1980’s.

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Helen and Donal are very aware of the growing desire for a better quality cup of tea and the increasing trend back to loose tea because of this. As we saw with coffee in the previous decade “instant” is no longer enough. Environmental issues relating to tea bags have also played a part in the growing interest in loose leaf tea.

McEntee’s Tea looks to ensure that we can continue to enjoy quality Irish blends of loose tea which was so important to previous generations. In a fast-paced modern world, McEntee’s Tea looks to bring us back into the moment. In Ireland, tea has always been one of life’s constants and McEntee’s Tea looks to offer us a rich, unrivalled refreshing taste of home. It gives us a moment to be enjoyed with family, friends or when we need that time to ourselves, reminding us of a simpler time when quality tea was made the way it should be.